This is perhaps a little different to the usual startup topic posted on here. However I am rather curious as to people's thoughts on the matter on what do 'intelligent' people spend time on doing and on what factors do they have that give them an 'intelligent' lead over their peers?
Intelligence can be rather epistemological, so for the sake of discussion, let's define intelligence as one's ability to process information, understand highly complex information and use such information for situational applications.
As one example of intelligence and why I think this question is particularly relevant in the Frontier community, is say some of the Pioneer winners here or Pioneer advisors like Laura Deming have been able to make significant progress in their academics/growing their knowledge and achieving outcomes they have been pining for. There may or may not be any correlation between academic success and life/career/arbitrary goal success, however I am leaning towards the hypothesis that significant academic progress or learning ability is a signal of one's advantageous ability to apply intelligence to more likely succeed in achieving one's goal.
Based on this hypothesis and a fairly high number of more 'younger' successful Pioneer winners, awesome 21 year old PhD holders, Thiel fellows etc... what do you think sets these outliers relative to people of their same age apart?
If you have an answer, would also be keen to find out about what informs your opinion on your answer. Thanks!